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Tillman Comments on Surgery, NFL Future
Monday, Jan. 11
Charles Tillman told reporters he will undergo surgery on his torn ACL on Wednesday, adding that he hasn't decided if he will return next season.
Tillman said he will "attack" his rehab and make a decision after that.
Tillman Placed on Injured Reserve
Tuesday, Jan. 5
The Panthers announced the roster move, promoting cornerback Lou Young to the main roster from the practice quad.
Tillman's MRI Reveals Torn ACL
Monday, Jan. 4
Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters the diagnosis, confirming it will end his season. Black and Blue Review noted that Tillman came back three weeks ago on a partially torn ACL, knowing he could potentially worsen the injury.
Panthers Have Depth to Manage in Tillman's Absence
The 34-year-old received a one-year deal from Carolina in the offseason and rediscovered some of his past glory, starting each of the Panthers' first nine games. He did get dinged up midway through the year, battling a knee injury prior to Week 11 that left him doubtful.
The Panthers are so strong at all three levels on defense that losing Tillman hurts them less than it would an average team.
Josh Norman has developed into Carolina's No. 1 cornerback, and Kurt Coleman is an excellent coverage safety. Bene Benwikere would have been a reliable backup defensive back to slide into Tillman's spot while the veteran recovers, but he suffered a broken leg on Dec. 13 against the Atlanta Falcons.